The Center for Art & Public Exchange is an initiative of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

PURPOSE

 

CAPE’s purpose is to use original artworks, exhibitions, programs, and engagements with artists to increase understanding and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi.

IMPETUS

 

In the 19th century, British poet Percy Shelley addressed the urgent need for an expansion of compassion and imagination to counteract the dehumanization of the Industrial Revolution. He claimed that artists could ignite this transformation by inspiring their audiences to imagine lives different from their own, which creates empathy and transformation. He called artists “the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” His urgency rings true still; much work remains to be done before equity, compassion and understanding triumph over injustice, hatred, and fear.


Since artworks visually embody a culture’s beliefs, CAPE uses visual art to ignite conversation and dialogue among museum visitors, to represent histories and stories that correct misunderstandings of race relations and power, and to create platforms for new voices and personal truths to resonate in Mississippi and beyond.  


The Center for Art & Public Exchange is the Mississippi Museum of Art’s commitment to the work at hand, and to the responsibility of cultural institutions to act as vanguards for free expression, imagination, and increased understanding in contemporary life.     

Meet the Team

Monique Davis

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Center for Art & Public Exchange

at the Mississippi Museum of Art

Betsy Bradley

DIRECTOR

Mississippi Museum of Art

Dr. Redell Hearn

CURATOR OF 

ART & CIVIL RIGHTS

Mississippi Museum of Art & Tougaloo College

Elizabeth Abston

CURATOR OF

AMERICAN ART

Mississippi Museum of Art

Elizabeth Williams

DIRECTOR OF 

INTERPRETATION

Mississippi Museum of Art

VALUES

 

EQUITY

CAPE believes in the shared authority of artist and viewer, curator and layperson. Our methodology centers around the power of art to change lives, coupled with the viewer’s agency to make meaning in dialogue with art. CAPE honors and includes voices across spectrums of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, and politics, and strives for institutional change that supports equal access for all peoples.  

 

TRANSPARENCY

Central to CAPE’s work is the idea that open-dialogue and civil discourse fuel positive social change. By inviting public input and involving communities in initiatives and activities in process, production, and analysis, we aim to build trust between CAPE and the public and to foster collaboration in the public square.

 

TRUTH

CAPE recognizes and respects the subjective experiences of individuals, while striving for collective truths that unite communities toward common goals, greater understanding, and empathy. To encourage truth-telling, CAPE fosters “brave spaces” wherein individuals are free to express differences while being challenged to reckon with the fundamental realities of social inequity, many of which are painful and difficult to encounter, and often unspoken.      

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972), Sharecropper, 2015. repurposed punching bag, glass beads, oxidized copper beads, artificial sinew, steel. 30 x 12 ½ x 12 ½ in. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Museum purchase with W.K. Kellogg Foundation funds for the Center for Art & Public Exchange. 2017.098. © 2018 Jeffrey Gibson; Courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York.

CENTER FOR ART & PUBLIC EXCHANGE

SUPPORTED BY

OUR FOUNDING PARTNERS:

W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION,

LUCE FOUNDATION,

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER,

& BRADLEY

MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART

380 SOUTH LAMAR STREET

JACKSON, MS 39201

601.965.9907 

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